Letters to the Editor

Work ethic makes a big difference

Editor: I was left somewhat bewildered by the outcry in the spring over temporary foreign workers (TFWs) attaining McDonald’s jobs, while Canadians are actively yet futilely seeking employment, including minimum wage jobs.

Exacerbating the public outcry was the added news that a number of TFWs were even starting at a higher wage than their Canadian McDonald’s co-workers.

This news, specially the latter portion, didn’t make sense to me — for only about a minute.

It then dawned upon me that the TFWs were very likely getting the jobs as well as a higher starting wage simply because their greater productivity merits it, and maybe even then some.

I cannot imagine any other reason why the McDonald’s head honchos would risk such a political hot potato exploding in their faces, unless some of the TFWs bring their potent Asian work ethic with them.

Furthermore, from my own observations during the last couple of decades of the notably strong work ethic practised by new Canadian immigrants — quite noticeable in fruit, vegetable and berry harvesting sector work that virtually all second, third or fourth-generation Canadians won’t themselves tolerate — I can see how they could be 50 to 100 per cent more productive than their born-and-reared-here Canadian counterparts.

I also believe that such strong work ethics and higher-than-average productivity will unfortunately gradually dissipate, as these motivated hard labourers procreate and their descendant generations become accustomed to the slack western world way of life. In fact, one can already witness this effect in immigrants’ children getting caught up in much of our liberal culture — e.g. attire, lingo, nightlife, etc.

As it currently stands, it appears that such hard workers aren’t really welcomed here, in a collective sense, no matter how tough and undesirable are the jobs for which they break their backs. I hear thinly-veiled complaints about their presence here in the first place, and more ridiculously hear even more complaints about the back-breaking work they do in place of Canadians who refuse to make such toilsome efforts.

Frank Sterle JR.,

White Rock

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